Zambia’s favorite fish – The humble Kapenta

The Tanganyika sardine, is known as Kapenta in Zambia. The Kapenta fish is really two species (Lake Tanganyika sardine, Limnothrissa miodon and Lake Tanganyika sprat, Stolothrissa tanganicae), both of which are small, planktivorous, pelagic, freshwater fish originating from Lake Tanganyika in Zambia. This little fish from Lake Tanganyika is usually around 7cm long, its maximum length is 10 cm. They form the major biomass of pelagic fish in […]

Frankfurt Zoological Society comes to Nsumbu National Park, Lake Tanganyika.

Located on the Zambian shores of Lake Tanganyika, an aquatic world in itself, Nsumbu is a wildlife refuge, a unique ecosystem and the youngest of Frankfurt Zoological Society’s projects in Africa. The Nsumbu Tanganyika Conservation Project is Frankfurt Zoological Society’s latest engagement in Africa. We build on the work of Craig Zytkow who founded and […]

Lake Tanganyika and its Adjoining Waterways

Lake Tanganyika, second largest of the lakes of eastern Africa. It is the longest freshwater lake in the world (410 miles [660 km]) and the second deepest 1,436 metres after Lake Baikal in Russia. Comparatively narrow, varying in width from 10 to 45 miles (16 to 72 km), it covers about 12,700 square miles (32,900 square km) and forms the boundary between Tanzania and […]

The History of the MV Liemba aka The African Queen – The Oldest Passenger Ferry in the World

The MV Liemba, formerly the Graf von Götzen, is a passenger cargo ferry that runs along the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Just to get us started here are some quick facts about our beloved MV Liemba that you may not know: Built in 1913 Scuttled in 1916 – raised again after several years at the bottom of Lake […]

10 Interesting Facts about our beloved African Elephants you should know

Sadly Elephant numbers in Africa are declining every day due to illegal poaching and human-animal conflict.  The much anticipated results of the largest ever continent-wide wildlife survey, the Great Elephant Census, were released at the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. The worrying finding: Africa now has 352,271 savanna elephants left in 93 percent of the […]

Exploring the Underwater Wonderland of Cichlids in Lake Tanganyika, Zambia

Lake Tanganyika in Africa is primarily known for its glittering scenic vistas, fantastic fishing and the coastal expanse of Nsumbu National Park but the most extraordinary part is often missed, exploring its underwater world and the animals that inhabit it. You don’t have to be an ecologist to appreciate this experience and its fast becoming […]